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  1. The Big Cowhuna

    Automation systems

    @MartyR, that's a good suggestion. I'll look into that and see what's available. I bet they're priced pretty high right now though. It seems like anything with a computer chip has skyrocketed.
  2. The Big Cowhuna

    Corporate Farming In India: Is It Boosting Agricultural Sector?

    To tell you the truth, dripwala, I don't know much about farming in other countries aside from how it will affect me, such as the price of feed. I appreciate your news updates. Is corporate farming a new thing in India? It's definitely a problem in the United States. Niche farming is about...
  3. The Big Cowhuna

    burning my grass and planting lettuce with a push seeder, pictures of pests, looking for advice

    How is it going so far, @LettuceHead? Any updates on how you like the equipment and the seeds that you bought? I hope it's all working out.
  4. The Big Cowhuna

    Trouble getting supplies?

    @Katie, I noticed that. I can't even find it online at the moment. Thankfully, there are other antiparasitic meds out there. I hope its popularity doesn't lead to a problem like we have with the overuse of antibiotics.
  5. The Big Cowhuna

    No new trucks!

    Would it be worth it to buy out your lease if it's an option? If not, try looking at some auction sites to see if they have anything good available.
  6. The Big Cowhuna

    Vericomposting equipment

    I'm not sure how complicated that sort of thing could be, but you might have more luck shopping for materials next spring if you want to build your own.
  7. The Big Cowhuna

    Opinions on alfalfa stand management

    I usually rotate mine, but it can be time-consuming and perhaps unnecessary, so I'm considering leaving things alone since a good stand can last for a few years. I originally chose to rotate my stand often because I thought it would increase my yield and protect against autotoxicity, but then I...
  8. The Big Cowhuna

    Puzzle help

    Fortify for the win! Thank you so much. That was truly driving me crazy. Some of the circled letters formed a sentence at the bottom and fortify works perfectly. @Henderson, you also offered excellent guesses! I appreciate it! Give me a holler if you're ever stuck on a puzzle in the...
  9. The Big Cowhuna

    Help Needed - Vermeer 504l Baler Breaking Down - Possible Problem with Belts?

    Welcome to the forum, Sassy42! It sounds like your dad is too impatient if he's already talking about selling the baler. Farming is going to be frustrating, especially at first, so he needs to buckle down with it and accept that it's a learning process that involves a lot of trial and error...
  10. The Big Cowhuna

    Puzzle help

    I'm working a puzzle that doesn't have the answers in the back. I tried googling for the answer, but it wasn't any help. So, what word means to strengthen or support. It's a seven-letter word, so buttress won't work, which is what I originally thought it would be. Any help is much...
  11. The Big Cowhuna

    Lumber still king

    I love that meme! I have a buddy in England who said they usually have to pay a tree surgeon to cut down the trees and haul them away. However, now it appears that tree surgeons are willing to do it for free, so long as they get to keep the tree. It's not just the US that's struggling with...
  12. The Big Cowhuna

    Buy with no registration?

    I think it depends on what you're planning to sell and how much money is at stake. I'm not keen on buying anything that is unregistered except for chickens. All of my cattle are registered, but that's the norm. My goats are also registered, but I know plenty of folks who don't care about...
  13. The Big Cowhuna

    New hens with no rooster

    No, it shouldn't matter. Any newcomer will jostle the pecking order, of course, but they should eventually settle in. I think it could be more difficult if you removed the rooster, but kept the same flock of hens together. There'd probably be more fighting amongst the hens for the top spot...
  14. The Big Cowhuna

    Dangerous, but lucrative?

    I mean, they don't call them "murder birds" for nothing. Personally, I feel that no amount of money is worth risking my life for. I wouldn't raise wild cats, monkeys, or anything of the sort. I'll bring up the breeding issue with him though. That's a good one.
  15. The Big Cowhuna

    Dangerous, but lucrative?

    Would you ever consider raising some exotic creatures that were dangerous, but also highly lucrative? My son has his eye on the cassowary bird. Their beautiful eggs can go for thousands of dollars and their baby chicks are worth even more. The bird is also deadly. Would you consider taking...
  16. The Big Cowhuna

    burning my grass and planting lettuce with a push seeder, pictures of pests, looking for advice

    The paperpot planter looks gimmicky to me. People usually start with transplants (buy or grow their own) because the seeds are hard to sprout, or they're trying to beat Mother Nature and get a head start. So don't worry if it seems like that's what others are doing. Transplanting carries its...
  17. The Big Cowhuna

    Guinea hens prefer trees to coop

    I fondly remember when my brother was going nuts trying to fix the same problem. The configuration that worked the best was a tall shed that had tree branches on the inside for roosting. I don't think he ever got them to use a nesting box regularly, so you're one up on him there, @Nora.
  18. The Big Cowhuna

    Automation systems

    The pandemic made me realize just how quickly my workforce could be here one day and gone the next. Even though I'm not running a large operation, I still can't do it all alone. I've been skeptical in the past, but I think it's time for me to look into automation. So if you've incorporated...
  19. The Big Cowhuna

    Milk or Beef?

    Too many dairy farmers have gone out of operation over the past decade for me to consider raising dairy cows. Milk prices are low and feed prices are high. You'd need a plan for the males, because it's too expensive to keep them on since they don't produce milk.
  20. The Big Cowhuna

    USDA Awards $12 Million in Record-Breaking Farm to School Grants, Releases New Data Showing Expansion of Farm to School Efforts

    As much as I like the program, I think they need to have a backup plan for how to handle all that milk should our school systems close again. The milk can't be easily rerouted to supermarkets since they have different packaging and shipping requirements. Dairy farmers have been hit hard by the...